2010 Newsletter #7
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Dear Javaholic,

Next week the biggest European Java conference Devoxx takes place.
Make sure you're prepared, we suggest you create your schedule in advance which will avoid the TooMuchJavaTalksException which Devoxx likes to throw in your face  :)  

Have a safe journey and see you all next week!

The Devoxx Team

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Avoid the Queues!

Want to avoid the long registration queues?
Be smart and pick up your Devoxx badge on Sunday or Tuesday evening between 18h00 and 19h00 at the MetroPolis business center registration desk. 


Devoxx on Parleys.com

parleysWe'll again record all Devoxx presentations and make them available one week later on a dedicated subscription based Parleys.com channel. This way you will not have to miss a single second and you can re-experience all talks from home or with collegeagues in the office.

ALL Devoxx 2009 conference and tools in action presentations are now freely available on Parleys.com  You can also enjoy the  Devoxx 2009 presentations as a podcast.

Program Committee Article

Our last insert comes from our fourth program member Johan Vos:

johanvosThese are strange times. The Java platform we know for about 15 years, is no longer in the hands of the company where it started. The Java creator is not working with the Java steward company anymore. JavaOne was not in Moscone. Some people claim Java is about to die. Others think the future of Java is brighter than before.

The important thing is, we as Java developers and enthusiasts have the power to influence our common passion. Java is not a simple asset owned by a single company, it is a creative and extremely powerful platform, language and spirit, co-shaped by the Java Community.

One of the best things about big Java conferences is the fact that many people are together, listening to talks, attending BOF's, having face to face discussions with fellow developers. The amount of ideas that originate during these events is incredible. Devoxx 2010 is sold out. That is very exciting. At the very least, the people claiming Java is dead are proven to be wrong. People don't attend a conference only to get the latest info about a particular specification. Attending a conference like Devoxx means that you will meet specleads and rockstar speakers, you will discuss your ideas, share your concerns,... in short, you will influence the future of Java.

I'm very pleased with the content of Devoxx 2010. In my daily work, I'm mainly working on projects where large amounts of (user-generated) content have to be processed, and added value has to be extracted and visualized (i.e. in communities).
Storing large amounts of data can be done with NoSQL tools, in a cloud environment. The processing of data is done with Java Enterprise technologies, and the visualization is achieved using JavaFX. As you can imagine, there will be lots of difficult choices about which sessions I have to follow.

The NoSQL track is going to be very interesting. For decades, almost no one dared to question the effectiveness of SQL systems when large amounts of data need to be made persistent. Today, a number of new tools are entering the market, fighting for a piece of what is becoming a huge market.

I'm also very interested in the JavaFX talks. One of the big announcements at JavaOne was the JavaFX 2.0 roadmap. Things were still in a very early stage then, but I'm sure the JavaFX team will shed more light on the internals and externals at Devoxx.

I'm also looking forward to the feedback of the audience. See you in (less than) 1 week.

Johan Vos

Partner Communication

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Check out this cool augmented reality app and get your free Adobe Tshirt. Stop by our booth with the confirmation e-mail and you will receive your free shirt.

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Webinar: Java EE6 and CDI - moving away from the clutter of Spring and other Frameworks

The complexity of earlier versions of J2EE brought about the rise of development frameworks, such as Spring Framework™, that compensated for J2EE's shortcomings. However, they required excessive configuration and proprietary API's.

Java EE 6 standards and technologies, such as JSR 299 - Contexts & Dependency Injection, significantly reduce complexity, increase developer productivity and insure your freedom from vendor lock-in. Using Java EE can be even simpler than using proprietary legacy frameworks, and take much less time.
Watch the Java EE6 and CDI webinar now.

The Latest on Oracle at Devoxx 2010

Devoxx is just weeks away!  We'd like to inform you of a few changes in the Oracle speaker lineup, featuring a new NetBeans lab by Geertjan Wielenga. Get the latest Oracle speaker and sponsor information online at http://wikis.sun.com/display/Devoxx2010/Oracle+at+Devoxx+2010

- New 1/2 day hands-on labs for NetBeans Platform on Monday AM (Geertjan Wielenga).
- New 1/2 day hands-on labs for Java EE 6 and GFv3 on Tuesday PM (Alexis & Antonio Goncalves)
- Java EE Keynote will be done by Jerome Dochez, Paul Sandoz & Linda DeMichiel

Come and See IBM Rational & IBM WebSphere

- Check your agility :
Find out the new IBM Rational Self Check for Software Teams can help you implement self assessments to help improve team agility. At our booth you will be able to compare your agility versus the other visitors.

See also http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rational/library/edge/08/may08/kroll_krebs/

- Rational Automated Deployment for the Cloud
Building, deploying, configuring, then recreating middleware application environments are critical tasks for IT organizations, but inefficiency often surrounds this set of tasks. It can take too long to build and deploy; require too much experience to configure; be next to impossible to consistently recreate middleware application environments. WebSphere® CloudBurst and the Rational® Automation Framework for WebSphere can be combined to harden your dynamic WebSphere cloud application infrastructure.

See also http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/cloud/library/cl-hardinfra/


Please join Josh Long, Spring Developer Advocate, for Modern Application Development with Spring Incorporating Social, Mobile and Cloud and learn about the latest extensions to the immensely popular Spring framework, designed to address modern application requirements including handling data in cloud and large scale environments, web application support for mobile devices, integration with popular social media services, and secure access to payment services for web commerce applications. Also covered in this session is the NEW Code2Cloud service that makes it trivial to set up a development project in the cloud with source control, continuous integration and a built in issue tracking system. . If you are familiar with Spring and interested in building modern, advanced applications this session will give you all the tools to get started November 18, Room 6, 15:10 to 16:10 - Modern Application Development with Spring Incorporating Social, Mobile and Cloud<http://devoxx.com/display/Devoxx2K10/Conf+Day+2>.

Cegeka - Collaboration with Social Tools & Enterprise 2.0
Collaboration is a hot topic again nowadays. With the technological developments of the last few years and the rise of social media the capabilities for collaborating using ‘social’ web-tools are tremendous. Enterprise 2.0 (the use of Web 2.0 concepts and tools in the enterprise) is becoming the new norm. Intranets become platforms for collaboration, communication, knowledge sharing, and innovation. At Cegeka we are using ‘social’ tools to increase productivity, to innovate and to increase learning potential for our developers. In our Agile Software Factory team collaborate to share experiences, blog about their projects and gather input from other teams to increase their knowledge and output. The presentation will give examples of how we, at Cegeka use ‘social’ tools and Enterprise 2.0 for successfully in an agile environment.
Who said tools don’t work in agile team? They do if they are simple, freeform and allow for emergent use. The key for success with using these tools is participation and motivation. Our teams have both.
Come & listen to Franky Redant on Thursday 18, room 7- 18h. www.cegeka.be


“We are very excited to be part of the Devoxx Conference this year,” said CTO Franck de Bruijn. “After a 5 year  R&D period and a highly successful market introduction of the Festa Factory Platform at its launching customer, Festa Factory is ready to launch its fully developed and proven state-of-the-art development platform to the Java Community”.  

The revolutionary Festa Factory platform enables you to develop JEE applications at the rate of 3 hours per function point, which makes it unmatched in the industry.  “Increased productivity is exactly what the JAVA community is now looking for,” said Franck de Bruijn.

Festa Factory is highly confident that this is the right time to launch their product, as Cloud 2 will be the catalyst for change within the enterprise application development community and within enterprises themselves. Cloud 2, the Java cloud, will unleash an enormous amount of creativity and productivity. Only IT Service Providers which drive openness and deliver useful apps, within a significantly shorter timeframe at lower costs will have the future.

That’s why Festa Factory should be the obvious choice for every JAVA IT Service provider.

From Only-SQL to NoSQL to YeSQL

Solving the data scaling challenge without a complete rewrite

It was only last year that the various anti-SQL proponents gained enough momentum to come together under the wide umbrella of the term NoSQL. Today it’s clear that we can never go back: Typical relational database architecture is clearly insufficient for today’s data-intensive applications and the move to distributed architectures.

But is the problem in the architecture or the query language? The two are not interchangeable, though frequently confused.

Some answers can be found in the following articles by GigaSpaces CTO Nati Shalom, representing a progression of ideas on this important topic (a white paper and posts from Nati’s blog: http://natishalom.typepad.com)

Should Web Apps "Just Say No" to SQL?
Pros and Cons of Non-SQL Patterns (White Paper)

Overview of the Various Query Semantics in a Post Only-SQL World (or, why there’s nothing wrong with SQL)

Putting NoSQL, SQL, and the Document Model Together


W3C’s HTML5 standard has rapidly gained momentum as 2010’s hottest technology with help from companies, such as Google, Apple, and Microsoft. Developers and businesses alike are all trying to catch and align themselves with this new standard. Out of all the ideas and features in this new set of specifications, the most intriguing, exciting, and controversial section is HTML5 WebSocket. So just what is WebSocket and what can you do with it?

If you are planning to be at this year’s Devoxx, please attend Jonas Jacobi’s presentation “HTML5 Websockets: A New World of Limitless, Live, and Wickedly Cool Web Application”.  Jonas is the co-Founder and CEO of Kaazing, a company that contributed nearly 95% of the HTML5 WebSocket specification.

For more information on Kaazing, please visit http://www.kaazing.co


Cloud computing is here. Running applications on machines in an Internet-accessible data center can bring plenty of advantages.

Part of the larger Windows Azure platform, Windows Azure is a foundation for running applications and storing data in the cloud.

As part of Microsoft’s continued commitment to interoperability, the Windows Azure platform has been built from the ground up with interoperability in mind. As an open platform, Windows Azure offers choices to developers. It allows them to use multiples languages (.NET, PHP, Ruby, Python or Java) and development tools (Visual Studio or Eclipse) to build applications which run on Windows Azure and/or consume any of the Windows Azure platform offerings from any other cloud or on premise platform. With its standards-based and interoperable approach, the Windows Azure platform supports multiple Internet protocols including HTTP, XML, SOAP and REST —key pillars of data portability.

More details during our Devoxx session: http://www.devoxx.com/display/Devoxx2K10/Building+scalable+Java+applications+on+Windows+Azure


Rich Web-based User Interfaces in Java

book-of-vaadinNoticed the Devoxx Calendar built with Vaadin? Now, join us at Vaadin booth to see how to build rich web applications in Java. Also pick up your complimentary free copy of Book of Vaadin and enjoy the introductory session on Wednesday starting at 15:10 in Room 6.

Technically speaking, Vaadin makes it easy for Java developers to create stunning web applications without any JavaScript or XML programming. Instead user interfaces are written in Java. This is achieved by combining server-side development model with Google Web Toolkit based rendering. No plugins needed. Even better is that in practice Vaadin saves 50% of the development time compared to Java Server Faces.

Learn more about Vaadin and join the community at http://vaadin.com/

ACA IT Solutions
How ACA IT-Solutions prepared for Devoxx’10

To be honest, after 8 editions of Devoxx, it gets pretty damn hard to come up with something even more appealing than last year.

Time to get everyone involved!

During a number of open sessions a committed bunch of volunteers came up with a concept around creativity, simplicity and today’s technology. An OSGi masterclass inspired them to develop a nifty app, combining OSGi with HTML5 and CSS3. You should have seen them; all excited like kids with a new toy! aca_image 2

Anyway, a couple of evening dojo’s later, our social web application for Devoxx was ready! In the meantime, booth design, gadgets and even a full cartoon storyboard were sorted out. Is it going to be appealing? It’s going to be... different, to say the least.


Well... you are most welcome at our interactive booth! Join in! Have some fun with HTML5, dry markers, OSGi, animated cartoons, iPads, websockets, CSS3 and more!

See you soon!


Atos Origin is looking for Talented People


Atos Origin is one of the world’s leading international information technology services companies. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company’s annual revenues total more than €5.8 billion and it employs over 50,000 people in 40 countries, with over 700 in Belgium and Luxemburg, where Atos Origin is a market leader. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors.

We are currently looking for experienced JEE Architects and Engineers with strong skills in JEE development and architectures, more than 5 years of relevant experience in this domain and excellent communication skills in Dutch, French and English.

If you like the idea of making a difference then Atos Origin is the company to work for!



CloudBees, the new company from former JBoss CTO Sacha Labourey, today consolidated its position as the de facto source for Hudson-based continuous integration solutions, from on-premise to the cloud with the acquisition of InfraDNA, the company founded by Hudson creator Kohsuke Kawaguchi to provide software, support and services for Hudson. Kawaguchi joins CloudBees, and will continue to grow and lead the Hudson project. The first release today from the integrated company is Nectar 1.0, formerly InfraDNA’s Certified Hudson for Continuous Integration (ICHCI) offering, which has been enhanced with new features and rebranded for CloudBees. Enhancements include VMware Virtual Machine auto configuration and deployment; enhanced backup services; pre-bundled and configured plug-ins; and an auto-update service. Nectar annual subscriptions start at $3,000 and include free minutes on CloudBees DEV@cloud service, which is currently in beta.

Introduction to Apache Camel - RECORDING AVAILABLE

This archived webinar introduces Apache Camel's large range of components for connectivity and protocol support, and how the 50+ patterns create a powerful toolbox that lets you build integration solutions "Lego style". This webinar also introduces you to the Camel community and why it is so important for any serious open source project to have a thriving community. Click here to listen now!

Speaker: Claus Ibsen-Camel PMC member and top committer

Register here:

Snap In. Speed Up. Scale Out.

Extend the Value of Ehcache: BigMemory Now Here!BigMemoryPoster 4

Now you can create very large, in-memory caches without having Java garbage collection trash your application’s performance. BigMemory extends the capabilities of Ehcache, providing an off-heap store that frees you from GC’s memory and performance constraints—as well as endless GC tuning. With BigMemory, you can finally take full advantage of all your machine memory to increase application throughput and achieve consistently low latencies.

BigMemory works everywhere Ehcache works. Upgrading to Enterprise Ehcache with BigMemory is an easy, non-disruptive process that amplifies the speed and scalability benefits of caching. To learn more:

RealDolmen Java Super Heroes at Devoxx 2010

Java City has become a metropolis and a home to diverse communities, companies and cultures.

Java City has everything to offer for businesses and programmers. However, danger lurks around every corner. Some citizens use their poor Java knowledge in violent ways to mess up projects, leaving good citizens in despair.

Fortunately, there are a few strong and brave men and women: the Java Super Heroes! realdolmen

Their mission is straightforward:

  • Operate as trusted advisors for those who need expert advice
  • Build powerful and perfect-fit Java and Flex solutions
  • Come to the rescue to fix nasty problems in projects
  • Support and maintain Java and Flex apps, even when not constructed by themselves

The Java Super Heroes will attend Devoxx 2010 to present their knowledge and services to the community.

The developed a Java City Subway plan with a clear itinerary of Java City.

Meet the Java Super Heroes at their booth and get your own copy!

More info on http://www.javasuperheroes.com/

Free 4-month licenses of JRebel for all Devoxx 2010 attendees

Visit ZeroTurnaround's special Devoxx sponsorship page to get a 4x extended evaluation license of JRebel, our award-winning Java EE productivity tool that speeds up Java development by an average of 17%.

We'll be performing live demos of JRebel throughout the conference days at our booth. You can even bring your own computer to our WiFi hotspot and we'll install JRebel and show you a demo using your own own development environment - even Duke (above with our JavaOne booth girls) would be happy to see that!

Stop by www.zeroturnaround.com to learn more about JRebel and LiveRebel, our 0% downtime production tool coming soon to private beta.

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